03.28.2015

Sam Marsden

Sam Marsden first time in the hydrotherapy pool. Sam has been coming for just over 5 weeks and been on the treadmill to build up that hind muscle :)

03.28.2015

CRUCIATE LIGAMENT INJURY IN THE DOG

CRUCIATE LIGAMENT INJURY IN THE DOG
Cruciate ligament injuries are a common hind leg problem in the dog. They occur in the stifle or knee. We see two types of injury. The first, and less common injury, is the sporting injury. This is the type of injury that occurs in people (especially footballers.) The dog is running along and the foot gets caught in something. The body and top half of the leg keep going, the lower half of the legs stays where it is and the cruciate ligamen...ts take all the force and rupture. The second type of injury we see is a slow stretch of the cruciate ligament that eventually snaps. The slow stretch is due to conformation and is exacerbated by excess weight.
Dogs with a ruptured cruciate will typically hold the leg up and not put any weight on the limb. Dogs under going the slow stretch may show stiffness on rising or unwillingness to exercise.
Cruciate injuries can be managed surgically or non-surgically. Which ever route you choose your dog will still suffer with arthritis and osteoarthritis as a result of having damaged the cruciate ligament.

03.25.2015

Benji Clark

Benji Clark
Benji has been diagnosed with elbow Dysplasia so the hydrotherapy is making a huge difference